Chestnut Knob Loop Trail is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bostic, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.7 miElevation gain1,545 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashCampingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeRockyWashed out
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This trail is wide and rocky, with steep grades so it can be fairly difficult to make it to the top.

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Emma Coltoff
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I’m not sure what the deal was with the previous reviews, but I thought this trail was great! There’s definitely elevation in the beginning but it’s very manageable, alternating between steep and flat at a very reasonable cadence. You get two nice views (wish there were more). The ground is pretty soft and not rocky at all. It was barely even muddy, which is a surprise for the winter time. Would do this trail again!

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Justin Rattrovo
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john lombard
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Nice trail, off the beaten path so we could run our dog off leash with not many hikers on the trail. A moderate inclined hike depending on your ability. Would recommend Plan for an early morning hike to ensure you are able to get a parking spot at the park

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Brian Doege
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RunningGreat!

Best trail in South mountains so far

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Justice Jones
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No hammock camp spots. You can hang up on the edge of one of the camping fields (yes it’s a field) nice for a family trip but not much privacy.

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Christian Kelly
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BackpackingFee

It was a nice trail and well marked, very crowded and few camp areas. Be warned do not go if you are a hammock camper no where to set up

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Adam Thomas
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Michael Kwiatkowski
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Jan Y
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Will tucker
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HikingGreat!
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Alyson Bradford
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BackpackingGreat!

Took this to saw tooth camp grounds. Long, strenuous, worth it. There’s an overlook that we had no idea about but when the vegetation is low you can slightly see a river or waterfall from the over look. Once at saw tooth you could see every star in the sky on a clear night. We were warned about the rattlers and copperheads being night hunters and we did run into a few copperheads in stumps and right on the trail but thankfully we were able to move on without them being a problem at the moment so beware of snakes watch where you step and sit along the trail. Didn’t run into any bears but it have heard it’s a possibility so be careful. We might hike and at first I chickened our but the second try was great and we were able to easily navigate. Make sure you follow overnight parking procedures if you camp

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Dheeraj Gadhiraju
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Jodi Peppin
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Nice trail. Good for trail running.

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Mary Virginia
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We only did a portion of this hike up to the first overlook and turned around, as this was our second hike of the day and we were tired! This is a steep trail and we got a great workout! Beautiful overlooks!

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Brian Stahl
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started at 730 on a Saturday 4 cars in lot ended at 1030 no parking anywhere and a line of 70 cars waiting to get let in. hike was good. first climb is a good leg burner probably wouldn't do the horse trails coming back again not much to see on the trail after the knob

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Rachel Hay
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Nice hike. Only saw a few people up to Chestnut Knob. After there saw no one for the rest of the hike, even though the park itself was very busy. The initial climb to the knob is the only moderately strenuous part of the hike. The rest of the hike follows wide fire roads/ horse trails. I would score it as moderate . Not much on the views due to the trees, but the woods are pretty. Trails are all well maintained.

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Rick Wezowicz
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To speak to Shane’s review last week, I did this today (and submitted a new route here on AllTrails to describe this loop since it’s not a match to this one) ... I didn’t encounter a single downed tree or anything but I did pass they multiple cut thru’s of recently fallen trees ... so I do think they did some ... but the Possum Trail is a bit on the overgrown side, not horrible but a trimmer up near the so would be good

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Shane Silvey
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I don't know how to rate this loop because I did the route that Mandi did below and not the one shown here. I would advise stopping by the Visitor's Center and getting a map and then decide how you would like to proceed with this area. I will say this about the Chestnut Trail--it's not a difficult ascent. It's not easy but not worthy of a hard rating. If you decide to do the same route as Mandi and I, I would recommend wearing pants and be prepared for going through, around, under, or over multiple obstructions on this route especially on the Possum Trail. This trail is in desperate need of trail maintenance and would get a one star rating for this alone. I don't mind a few trees over the trail but this one was ridiculous. What are the rangers doing during the day being that this trail is in desperate need of their help? I am mainly complaining because my 7 year old had to navigate through this mess on our descent back to the car. There is also one creek crossing that we had to go to plan B on because there was not a bridge to safely cross over the water with a 7 year old without getting wet or getting hurt. Take these things into consideration before attempting this route.

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Jim Bennett
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Nice strenous loop. Not the best scenery ever, but worth the trek. Only saw 2 folks on horseback, no hikers.

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Brett Dupree
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South Mountains is a great park, but I'm not sure this is the best hike out there. The first 2 miles is very strenuous, climbing about 1300 feet. You will reach the point where you can add on the Chestnut Knob Overlook. This only adds 0.4 miles round trip. We went out, and the view wasn't exactly spectacular. Great view of the ridges and heavily forested gorge below, but it just didn't blow either of us away. If you return back to where this overlook spur takes you, it'll run into the Sawtooth Trail. Be careful here. Taking Sawtooth to the left (west) will likely add a lot more miles to make a loop. This AllTrails map is missing quite a few elements, too. If you take Sawtooth to the west and connect with Horseridge Trail (turn right) then to Upper CCC, you're probably adding at least 2-3 more miles on top of the 7.8 listed here. We continued heading north/east on Sawtooth, and it eventually crosses over a shallow part of the Litthe River. You then turn right onto CCC and head south. You'll cross back over the river at the top of a waterfall, where we could not find any spot to view it. Oddly enough, you can hear it but there is a safety fence near the top blocking access. Probably for good reason, but disappointing. Sawtooth, CCC, and Little River trails are essentially wide multi-use hiking/horse trails. They are extremely rocky and have a LOT of gravel. The Little River portion at the end is very steep coming back down to the road. I think there are many other better trails in this park. If I could give it 3.5 rating, I would. For a much better detailed map: https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/south-mountains-state-park-map.pdf

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Kevin Grindstaff
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Where did you guys park?

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Dan O
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10/10 would hike again.

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Michael Crowe
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Great hike with a few great mountain overlooks. Good elevation challenge in the first few miles and enjoyable length. The loop spans multiple trails in this order: Chesnut Knob, Sawtooth Trail, Upper CCC, Little River Trail, Raven Rock Trail, and River Trail. There were a lot of gnats though.

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Michael Crowe
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Great hike with a few great mountain overlooks. Good elevation challenge in the first few miles and enjoyable length. The loop spans multiple trails in this order: Chesnut Knob, Sawtooth Trail, Upper CCC, Little River Trail, Raven Rock Trail, and River Trail.

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Darmin Husic
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This hike is definitely a workout. The first 1-1.5 miles are pretty much a non-stop incline. After that it’s pretty much smooth sailing, with a few short inclines that sufficiently get your heart pumping. Took my dog and she loved it. It was definitely a workout for her too! We added an extra .4 miles to go to the Chestnut Knob overlook. The view itself is pretty good, but there’s not really anywhere to sit comfortably and no shade. And because we went on a fairly warm day, the sun was a little too much. Other than the overlook, there’s a few spots with some decent views, and places to sit and enjoy them. As other mentioned there are a ton of burnt trees, so a little dreary but nothing too bad. Overall I’m giving this hike a 4 because it’s a great workout, but it’s just short of a 5 because of the lackluster views.

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Dustin Strickland
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For some reason my track didn't save the past couple of times, but, for the past month the gnats are HORRIBLE in the fire damaged areas!...repellant doesn't seem to help much either. But, still, a nice loop. There's even a hidden waterfall just off-trail (which I marked and took a picture of...shame the track didn't save).

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Michele Pulaski
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I did chestnut knob today with my golden. He is 5 months out from acl surgery and did great! We can't wait to go back and see the falls next time

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Scott Densmore
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I completed a very enjoyable 6.3 mile loop that included 1280 feet of elevation gain. It was basically a two mile climb up to Chestnut Knob, followed by a more gradual four mile descent by way of the wider Sawtooth, Upper CCC and Little River bridal trails. I can definitely see myself returning to experience this hike again during a different season.

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Stefanie Young
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The first mile is the most challenging. From there it's pretty moderate. Yes, a good amount of fire devastation. Part of nature. Otherwise great scenery. You share the trail with the horses and their earthly deposits.

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